We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families.
Who is a child's legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
The nation’s family law system has long been in need of reform and greater resources.
The proposed merger of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court is intended to address delays and inefficiencies in the system. Experts question, however, how effective the reforms will be.
We already have a great deal of high-quality information about what works, and what doesn’t, in our family law system.
The review of the Australian family law system is welcome, but it should not waste precious time and resources on data that already exist.
More than 70% of separated parents separate amicably, the data show.
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Separating couples who use the family law system generally have a positive experience - but for a troubled minority, there is still much work to be done.
The “right to parent” according to one’s own values and proclivities isn’t actually unfettered.
A Family Court "order" for parents of a child to not smoke around him and to limit their alcohol consumption while caring for him have invited the same old accusations about the "nanny state".
Australia has been ahead of the pack in recognising equal rights for parents.
Social issues involving young children and warring interest groups make good media fodder. So researchers involved in these areas have to decide very carefully how to promote their findings to stop their…